“It was fun, but it’s only gonna get funner” – Roy Halladay
What a celebration and what a season so far!! Everyone is talking about our 4th straight NL EAST Championship! So much work went into this team and this season – and it is so nice to see the smiles all over Philadelphia today. Halladay had an amazing game yesterday and even though we didn’t clinch at home, its still just as sweet! Here’s the reaction from the ballgirls – as we are looking forward to our trip to the PLAYOFFS!!!
Perrin: We did it….AGAIN!!!! I can’t say I will ever get tired of watching the Phillies pop the champagne and celebrate yet another NL East victory. I think we should make a run for Atlanta’s record of 14 consecutive NL East crowns. We still have a long road ahead but this team looks poised and focused to make another run at the World Series!
Kristina: What a season, I am so excited for Red October! I am ready for the Phils to come back to Citizens Bank and witness the energy the fans give to the stadium. Can’t wait!
Jess: I’m just pumped that we clinched since so many people doubted the Phils would get here this season because of all the injuries. I’m so pumped for playoffs. I cannot wait to see Philadelphia painted in red as the support the Phillies through the playoffs again!
Bonnie: It’s finally official, and the Phillies have won the NL East. All I have to say is that I’m excited to watch our team do what they do best…play their hearts out until the end. Can’t wait for October. It’s gonna be something to remember, that’s for sure.
Brittany: Words cannot even describe how excited I am; so I’ll just keep it simple and say: RED OCTOBER!! And.. RALLY TOWELS!!
Tori: Last year I was at the clinching on September 30, 2009 and although I was not at the game this year watching it on tv with my family was just as great. The whole game was so exciting and you could tell that the guys came out to win. Obviously my playoffs hopes are that we go all the way to the World Series and win!! I want another parade :)
Katelyn: I was most excited to see Roy Halladay clinch so now he has FINALLY made it to the playoffs!
Lindsay: I can’t wait for the playoffs. I was starting to feel the energy this past week during our last homestands as the rally towels started to come out and the fans started to get even louder than ever. Now that we have secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs, I can’t wait to start working the block parties and games with the other ballgirls! Our fans are the best and we can’t wait to watch our Phillies continue to dominate!!!
Kami: I’m so excited that not only did we clinch, but we also secured home field advantage for the NLDS! I’m also really glad that Halladay, Sweeney and Oswalt will get to have their first appearances in the post-season!
Becca: With the clinch this evening, I am most excited about experiencing playoffs at the ballpark. The veteran Ballgirls have assured all the rookies that it is an unbelievable atmosphere. I look forward to cheering on the Phils at home with my fellow Ballgirls and thousands of Phillies fans and of course, RALLY TOWELS!
Katie: I am very excited that the Phightin’s got to the playoffs again this year. Way to go fellas!! As for the postseason, I’m most excited for the. pre-game festivities like the block party and the flares that are shot off during the anthem among other special ceremonies they plan. I think the organization does a great job at making the playoffs a very fun time for phans of all ages. Come on out! See you there!!
Patti: I’ll be most excited that the ballgirl season gets stretched a little bit longer, and we’re one step closer to my Christmas wish! :)
McKenzie: Even though it would have been awesome to have the Phillies clinch at home, I was excited that the clinching game was such a reward for Roy Halladay. It’s just another great accomplishment after his perfect game! Clinching the NL East this early means the players can get a little more rest and relaxation and be ready to dominate the playoffs!!
Well Phillies fans – It’s been a long run. We’ve attended and worked many games, eaten (too many) hot dogs, collected thousands of recyclable bottles and fielded many foul balls…. but we aren’t ready to hang up our jerseys yet!! We wanted to thank all the fans for the many messages on our blog and other websites [yes we see them!] and for supporting the Phillies all year. Seeing the fans with their rally towels waving proud this week has been a wonderful experience, one which we hope to continue into the next month.
This weekend will be very busy for the ballgirls as we will be celebrating the final homestand of the season against the NY Mets. We can’t wait to see you all on Sunday for Fan Appreciation Day!!
Let’s Go Phillies!!!!!!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Phillies Ballgirl? If you’ve been following our “Down the Line” blog all season, you probably know a lot about what the Ballgirls do – and if you would like to try to become a Phillies ballgirl, now is the time to try! We are currently accepting applications for the 2011 Team and it could be you! I wanted the ballgirls to share their favorite memories from the season so that you Phillies fans could hear just how exciting and special it is to have this job. See information at the bottom of the blog for sending in your application – see you at tryouts!!
Patti: My favorite memory about being a ballgirl is the time I got to spend with the sixteen greatest girls in Philly. Being thrown into some pretty unique situations and events is an amazing experience but you never know what to expect, and having gone through it all while making long lasting friends is truly what makes it a one in a lifetime experience. We’ve had the opportunity to work the baselines, recycle our hearts out, play with the awesome kids of Phillie Harmony Fan Club, participate in charity softball games, sell tens of thousands of raffle tickets for some pretty great causes, showcase historic Phillies memorabilia, speak as representatives for various events and causes, meet countless passionate Phillies Phans – all generations with all kinds of stories, and soak in some pretty great baseball. The greatest luxury being doing it all alongside all sixteen of the other ballgirls with whom I’ve shared countless laughs, cries, embarrassing moments, funny stories, unique wardrobe changes, theme songs, somewhat impromptu nicknames, and spectacular life changing moments. I can’t think of a better way to spend baseball season.
Katie: My favorite ballgirl memory is difficult to choose. I’ve had so many and I’ve been so thankful to be able to do all these new and exciting events. Although there are many moments and memories that are held dear to me, one of those would be being on the field during a World Series game last year. The atmosphere was electric and was one I’d never been in before. I was ecstatic just to be there in the stadium and talk to our super-knowledgeable phans! I hope the Phillies will be there again this year!
Bonnie: I have to say that this year of ballgirlin’ has been full of great memories and wonderful
friends. If I had to pick just one memory to share, it would be our ballgirl trip to Clearwater (see our blog about the trip http://mlblogsphilliesballgirls.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/hotpants2-thumb-300×450-24273711.jpgarchives/2010/03). We organized this trip just for fun this past March, which was before many of us knew each other very well. The weekend was a crash course get-to-know-each-other kind of weekend. All of us enjoyed some great bonding times on the beach and at the Phillies games. We even braved a rain delay game in pink and yellow princess ponchos that we bought to try to wait out the storm. During the weekend, Lindsay and I somehow managed to navigate our way around Clearwater in our lovely rented minivan, which kept even the shortest trips exciting. The weekend was full of adventure and definitely a time I’ll always remember.
Jess: It’s hard for me to pick one favorite ball girl memory. I mean I have had so much fun meeting the team of girls and getting to become friends with them. I’ve also have had a blast working at the stadium for the home games whether its on the field or off doing green team as well as doing all the charity events and meeting the people the Phillies help. But I think my favorite memory is meeting all the Phillies fans. I’ve had some hilarious conversations with fans while I’m on the field or simply walking to and from the stadium. This position has allowed to meet some very interesting people that I will never forget.
McKenzie: I have had so many amazing experiences and moments over the last two years as a Phillies Ballgirl, but since my very first game my favorite feeling has never changed. The thing I will never forget is the National Anthem at every game. Standing at home plate, next to the Phanatic, looking around at the 40,000 Phillies fans there to cheer on the team is definitely a once in a lifetime experience that I was lucky enough to have and will never forget. My other favorite ballgirl memories are just to be able to think of how many kids we were able to meet and have an impact on their lives, no matter how small of an effort it was. I have definitely had so many amazing opportunities that I never would have gotten the chance to experience if I wasn’t a ballgirl, and it is two years of my life I will never forget!
Bridgette: Words can’t describe how much fun I’ve had this past year being a ballgirl. From our first team outing at Go Vertical where we took on some intense rock climbing, to Christmas in July where we played Mrs. Claus for the day and danced in the Diamond Club after an hour long rain delay, to all of the awesome games I’ve gotten to witness from the best seat in the house, I’ve loved it all. Hands down though my favorite memory thus far would be the weekend of the Allentown Patriots Old-Timers softball game. The fun began the night before the game at Lindsay’s house where we all hung out, indulged in countless tasty treats, and played goofy games until the wee hours of the night. The next day after a hearty homemade breakfast including fresh waffles and Bonnie’s delicious egg casserole, we made our way to Allentown for the game. Now at first glance one might not take our opponents too seriously being that their average age was about 60-70, BUT man can they play! Each team had a great time playing against each other and it was all for a great cause, Donna’s Dugout which raises money and awareness to defeat ALS disease.
Kristina: My favorite moment as a Phillies Ballgirl was participating in July 4th Independence Day Parade. This event was held in center city Philadelphia and there were about 11 of us ballgirls who represented the Phillies. We walked behind the Miss New Jersey, Miss Philadelphia, and Miss Pennsylvania, floats and in front of an awesome group of young people dancing to drums. A few of us were even lucky enough to be invited to get a sneak peak in an army vehicle that was also in the parade. The energy that surrounded the streets that day was unreal. It was then I realized the passion this city has for one of the best teams in Major League Baseball. I was proud to not only wear my Phillies red but wave the flag of our very special country.
Katelyn: My favorite memory as a Phillies Ballgirl would have to be the Softball games we’ve
played together. I love playing softball, so to be able to do it with 16 other girls that I have become really close with makes it even better! As a Ballgirl, I get to be on the field for the games, participate in numerous charity events, and even rebuild old houses for Habitat for Humanity. However, nothing is better than some good old fashioned competition! I really enjoyed the opportunity to play all different types of positions that I never thought I’d get the chance to play. I love to see all the people that come out to our games. The Ballgirls get to spend a lot of one on one time with the biggest Phillies fans out there. Each game we play benefits a different charity which is only an added bonus! Most people don’t realize that the 17 Ballgirls do more than just field foul baseballs. We are a team on and off the field. Through our softball games we’ve played together, we’ve learned how to work together and play to each others strengths. It is rare for all of the Ballgirls to get together for an event, so I always look forward our Softball games because I know it’s a chance to get to spend time with my teammates. There isn’t one thing as a Ballgirl that I haven’t enjoyed, but I will say this; Anytime I get a chance to spend time with almost everyone together, it just makes being a Ballgirl all the sweeter :)
Lindsay: There really are too many amazing memories of being a 2010 Phillies Ballgirl – but one thing that I have enjoyed most is being able to meet the fans and challenge them to a game of slow pitch softball. We have traveled far and wide this year to play some great teams. From the first game in Shawnee, NJ to our final game in Hatboro, PA we have met some incredible fans, and people. I included a photo from last weeks game against the 380 Screwballs. There we met some great people and lost a close game after a grand slam in the 7th inning! Not only were they great competition, but provided us with wonderful entertainment and our very own flyover! It’s incredible being able to help out in our local community.
We also were able to get most of the ballgirls together to help with the Jimmy Rollins BaseBowl event in Philadelphia a few months ago. Anytime we are all able to work an event, it is a great time. Luckily we were also able to help raise a considerable amount of money for the Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation. It was my second year in a row at the event, and even better the second time. It’s wonderful to see all members of the Phillies organization working together for a great cause!
Brittany: There are so many great moments I’ve had while being a ballgirl it was hard to pick a favorite. Being a ballgirl made me experience so many great things, and having some of the greatest girls with me all the time made it that much better! Besides making new friends for life with some of the most fabulous gals I have ever met, I think my favorite ballgirl memory (besides receiving my very own jersey) was habitat for humanity. I loved the fact that an ordinary girl, like myself, could help make such a big difference in someone’s life. Although it was a dirty job, on one of the hottest days of the year, I still had a blast!
Becca: I do not have one favorite Ball girl moment, but rather numerous, minute, favorite moments. From my childhood, I have so many fond memories with the Phillies and the city of Philadelphia. The main reason I wanted to become a Ballgirl was so I could give back to the city of Philadelphia, that has given me so many great memories. As a Ballgirl, I have had the opportunity to do this time and time again. My favorite moments as a Ballgirl are interacting with the young fans. It is so funny to me that when I am wearing those red and white pinstripes, kids treat you like a superhero! Giving a fan a foul ball, signing a trading card, or even flashing them a smile is so simple, yet means so much to them. It is all the little moments like this, that are my favorite part about being a Ballgirl.
Emily: It’s almost impossible to pick a favorite memory as a Ballgirl because I’ve had SO
many amazing experiences throughout the season. But, if I really MUST pick, the event that stands out a lot to me in my mind is Retro Night at the stadium. I explained Retro Night in a previous blog, but basically Bridgette, Bonnie and I got a chance to dress in awesome vintage “hot pants” outfits to help bring the retro spirit to the park. This event really sticks out to me when I think back throughout the season because we got a chance to wear really fun outfits, and we had a super fun dance party with the 80s girls! Retro Night was just a very fun and goofy night with my fellow Ballgirls. I also have to mention events such as our awesome softball games and our help with reconstructing a house for Habitat for Humanity as some other events that I absolutely loved. And of course, for those of you who know my family, the night that I was on the third base line and Mickey (my brother) danced on the field with the Phanatic…it was unforgettable and so much fun! If I could I would definitely re-live my Ballgirl experiences that I’ve had so far over again because I’ve had such a blast throughout the entire season! I’m looking forward to even more amazing experiences in this last stretch of the regular season, and hopefully I get a chance to experience post-season as well (knock on wood)! =)
A couple of weeks ago, four Phillies Ballgirls had the opportunity to help out with the Baseball 101 program. The program is a wonderful experience for the women who cheer on the Phillies each and every game! Baseball 101 provides a behind the scenes experience unlike any other, and raises an extraordinary amount of money for Phillies Charities. This August Becca, Brittany, Katelyn and myself were able to work this amazing event – and document it!! Thus begins a photo tour of another wonderful day at the ballpark!
First, the teams were split to Team Howard, Rollins, Ibanez and Moyer. Once the ladies were split up, it was tour time… first stop ? the clubhouse! Here’s a shot of Team Howard and Team Moyer enjoying the Clubhouse!
Next stop for Team Moyer was a lesson on the infield play, courtesy of Sam Perlozzo. This station was full of laughs and a few ladies had their first experience putting on a glove and making a catch! [Due to the excellent lesson of course!]
Team Moyer then moved to the bullpen (which was exciting enough to sit in!) and learned all about pitching from Rich Dubee. It was great to watch the ladies learn all about the pitching styles and different grips on the baseball.
Last stop of the morning for Team Moyer was a trip to the Phillies batting cages, where Pete Mackanin was able to scout the talent in Philadelphia!! The ladies really brought the heat and improved their hitting skills during their time here. They were especially excited to see Erin Romero put on a show in the batting cages!
Finally lunch arrived and members of Team Moyer Katie and Mandy enjoyed a talk from many Phillies front office staff members, Jamie Moyer and Erin Romero. After lunch we moved into the media room for a special press conference from Charlie Manuel, a major league umpire and the Phillies TV team!
A few reminders….
1) If you would like to become a Phillies Ballgirl for 2011, don’t forget to send in your applications! The deadline is October 4, 2010.
2) Shane Victorino is nominated for the 2010 Roberto Clemente Award which is given to a player who gives back to his community. Vote for Shane now! http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/sponsors/chevy/clemente/y2010/
Ever wonder what kind of glove the ballgirls use on the field? This past week I was on the field and happened to glance down at the signature on my glove. Since it was my Dad’s glove, I had no idea who it was! I used to own a Jose Conseco glove, but that one somehow walked out of the garage and this year its been my Dad’s old one. I asked the ballgirls to describe their own gloves, since I was so shocked that I didn’t know too much about my own. Thanks to Rick from Jersey for letting me know who my Dad was supporting when he bought the glove!!! Plus, the glove is a little cooler now that it has been on the field at Citizen’s Bank Park for a World Series game!!
Jess’s glove doesn’t have a signature, and Perrin thinks the best way to tell you about her glove is to just show you. This is Perrin’s obviously very cool glove…. And the rest of the ballgirl glove stories as well!
Patti: Unfortunately for this blog, I do not have a signature glove. Fortunately for me, I have the greatest glove on the face of the earth. :) I picked my glove with my Dad 13+ years ago and it hasn’t been benched a single inning… seriously best glove ever.
Kami: I have tons of gloves (well, okay..three) and I like to use them on a rotating basis. My current glove for this homestand is a Nike Diamond Elite model, but not a player series. I think Roy Halladay has a similar glove. Believe it or not, I used to be a catcher for my tournament team so next in my glove rotation is my old kangaroo-hide catcher’s glove. Keep an eye out!
Victoria: My glove is a Dot Richardson RMP 34 made by Rawlings. It’s a 13 1/2 inches
which is a little larger than what most girls use but it comes in handy in the outfield, or when your fielding foul baseballs in front of 45,000+ people ;) I got this glove when I was freshmen in high school, so this it’s has been through 9 seasons of softball since then. I take good care of it and couldn’t imagine playing with anything else.
Bonnie: One of the nearest and dearest pieces of sports equipment for me has to be the baseball glove because a favorite glove is irreplaceable. I was devastated when I lost my glove a couple years back. So this past year, my dad took me out and helped me pick a new one out for Christmas. I think he enjoyed it more than me when he found out his 25 year old daughter wanted a new glove for Christmas. I picked my specific Easton glove because I just like the fit. I’m still working on making it fit like my old one, but I’m sure with time, I’ll love it.
Becca: I actually didn’t choose my glove because of the name on it, but rather because I needed to finally get a first base glove. I have played first base my whole life and when I got to high school and started trying out for college teams, my coach forced me to turn in my favorite warn out glove. Although I don’t like my new Mizuno as much as my old Rawling, it was about time I got a big girl glove for my position.
Kristina: The current glove I am using now is not a single person’s signature glove but my previous glove was one by Jennie Finch. I chose this glove because it was so perfect for softball. It had a big pocket but yet fit snug on my hand. Also, she is definitely an idol for women in athletics, she’s amazing!
Brittany: Sadly, the only signature on my glove is my last name. I’ve had my glove since 8th grade and I think it was my dad’s because I randomly found it in my house. Since it “fit like a glove” and I had some great plays with it that year I just claimed it as mine.
Bridgette: The glove I use on the field has been with me since my freshman year of high school. Interestingly enough it does not have a signature on the inside like most gloves- only my last name written in permanent marker by mama dukes!
Part of the ballgirl duties is fielding foul balls and handing them out to eager children. This past week, McKenzie had such a great experience that she wanted to blog about it. I passed her blog around to the other girls to see if they had any similar experiences and it turns out we did! Enjoy some happy stories from Citizen’s Bank Park!
McKenzie: Last Wednesday night I had my favorite foul ball experience in my two years of being a ballgirl. As soon as I walked down the line before the game started, a little girl named Rylee was there waiting for me. Of course, she asked for a foul ball, and I told her to run down if she saw me get one and I’d try to give it to her. Well.. after every half inning, Rylee walked down to tell me she was still patiently waiting! She was adorable and so funny for a girl her age. At one point during the game she called me over, and started bribing me with a brownie!! Luckily, in the bottom of the 6th, I finally got a foul ball and was able to give it to her. Once I got back to my chair, I looked over and saw her hugging her dad SO tight with a huge smile, and I could tell she was one of the most genuinely excited kids I’ve ever seen get a ball!
Katie: Giving away foul balls to the youngest baseball fans is one of the best perks of our job as a ballgirl. I think one of the cutest stories I have of giving away a foul ball was after I had fielded the ball and handed it off to a child who was about 3 years old. He was so excited to get a ball. The next inning I went back down there to say “hi” to the family and they handed me a small piece of paper from a cartoon notepad with some scribbling on it. The child said that it was supposed to say “thank you”. Being a kindergarten teacher, of course I thought it was adorable!
Patti: I wish I had a foul ball for every kid that asked for one. It gets a little heartbreaking sometimes when you let down the fans by not producing one and it’s honestly my least favorite part of job. Fortunately the ones that you do have the opportunity to pass a foul ball to really make it worth it. My favorite foul ball handout was to an adorable little infant whose 1st Phillies game it was! Normally, when we hand out the foul ball the fans in the vicinity that didn’t get it are a little discouraged it wasn’t to them, but when I ran back behind me and gave the ball to the baby as promised everyone around cheered and applauded, some people even stood up and cheered. It was really endearing to have the fans support. In between innings I had the chance to chat with the parents, who couldn’t be more appreciative and wanted to let me know they will have that foul ball and the memory forever.
Running into fans outside of the stadium is always a good time. My mom was at the Philadelphia Zoo last weekend and was talking to a family she had met there. My mom ask their youngest son, who happened to be donning a Phillies t-shirt, if he was a fan. After he ecstatically screamed “YES!”, my mom gave him one of my trading cards (she loves passing those out…). Seeing this, his brother comes running over to check out then card, and says, “Hey, that’s Patti! I met her. I have her card. How do you know her?…You’re Patti’s mooooom?! That’s so cool” … and that’s what makes it all worth it :)
Emily: Being on the field at Citizens Bank Park fielding foul balls is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in my life. One of the best parts of fielding foul balls is when I field it cleanly and end up making a nice play. So far my most memorable foul ball that was hit to me happened when I was on the third base line a few weeks ago. Jason Werth was at the plate and hit a hard foul ball that ricocheted hard off the wall, so I angled myself and was able to backhand it. It was really cool because it sounded like my whole section cheered for me after I made the play. I later found out that the play I made was on TV and the announcers talked about the nice play I made and how I was a “goofy” lefty. Ever since that game I can’t seem to shake my new “Goofy” nickname…I have Tom McCarthy to thank for that one I guess! Besides fielding the foul balls, the most rewarding part of the entire thing is what happens after I field it. Handing out the baseball to a young boy or girl is so much fun! It is absolutely adorable when their eyes light up when they realize that I’m about to give them a ball. There’s nothing like being able to make a little kid’s night, and possibly make a memory that he or she will always remember!
Lindsay: Giving away foul balls is an amazing feeling. I remember earlier in the season a routine foul ball came down the first baseline and I picked it up. A young boy had asked for it earlier in the game and I was trying to get him one for a few innings. So, I fielded the ball and looked for him and there he was jumping up and down. I was able to get him the ball and his entire section cheered with him. Later during the half inning I went back to check on him and he was busy on his parents cell phone – because he was on tv! He was so excited that his aunts and uncles had been calling to say they saw him get the ball and jump up and down on tv. I won’t forget how cute he was and how excited he was that night!
Victoria: My first few games on the field I honestly thought that there was a curse placed on me, I never seemed to get any foul baseballs on my side of the field. Meanwhile my fellow ballgirl on the field was getting bombarded with them. This particular story of a foul baseball was not my first one, but still to this day is my most memorable experience. It was my 4th game on the field and I was on the third base side. I was in between innings signing baseball cards and this blonde haired blue eyed little girl looked up at me said “I want to be just like you someday Victoria,” well needless to say she was getting the next foul baseball I was able to field. The next 3 innings went by and still I hadn’t received any foul baseballs yet, then surely enough one came down my side. A guy leaned over the fence in an attempt to pick it up but missed I grabbed the ball and stood up, it took me a second to realize where I was and where this little girl was. I ran over to her and dropped it in her pink Jennie Finch glove. After that inning her Mom flagged me down and asked me to take a picture with this little girl and again with those big blue eyes and bleach blonde hair she looked at me and asked me to sign her baseball. I did of course and in return she gave me one of her Phillies silly bands which I wear every time I’m on the field :)
Katelyn: My very first game alone on the field I was lucky enough to have the cutest little red haired boy sitting near me. He was attending the game with his grandparents and they were all sporting Jayson Werth jerseys. The Phillies were up against the Reds and the game ended up going into the 12th inning. As the game continued, I noticed my red haired buddy dozing off. As much as he wanted to fall asleep, he was fighting the urge just so he could see his favorite player finish the game. As soon as Jayson Werth came up to bat, I knew if I were to retrieve a foul ball I would give it to the little boy. Sure enough, Werth smoked a grounder foul and I was able to hand it to the young boy and his family. They were so thrilled! The red haired boy wasn’t tired anymore, I think he jumped up and down for the rest of the inning with the biggest smile on his face. Not only did the little boy get a baseball hit by his favorite player, but the Phillies added some icing to the cake by winning with Schneider’s walk off homerun in the 12th. Being able to brighten a family’s day just by handing them a foul ball hit by their idol is one of the most rewarding parts of being a ballgirl. It truly is a wonderful feeling being able to be part of a little boy’s moment that he’ll remember forever.
Bridgette: Although we wish we could get a foul ball to every fan in the stands, it’s our job as a ballgirl to reach out to some of the biggest (yet- smallest) fans…the kids! During my last game on the field I met a little boy named Sam, who was accompanied by his dad and older brother, Tommy. Right away the three got my attention and I soon found out that it was Sam’s ninth birthday. Sam wasted no time in expressing his excitement about the possibility of getting a foul ball on his birthday, so I told him that I would do my best to get him one in order to fulfill this wish. Sometime in the second inning was when I received my first foul ball, but as I ran over to where Sam was sitting, he was no where to be found! I handed the ball to his older brother and said, “Make sure you give this to Sam!” As I sat down his dad let me know that he had just gotten up to get chicken fingers from the concourse, and as he finally returned to his seat I watched the disappointment in his face as he learned that he had missed his chance. I also noticed that his older brother was clenching the foul ball in his glove with no intention on sharing. Sam politely asked again that if I were to get another foul ball, if he could have it. Because he asked so nicely, and the fact that it was his birthday, I made it my mission to deliver on my promise. Innings went by and nothing was being hit my way; sadly it looked like Sam might be leaving empty handed. Suddenly late in the game a home run was hit into right field by a Mets player. As expected, the ball was thrown back onto the field, and although it wasn’t a foul ball, this was my chance to make little Sam’s birthday a memorable one. Once I grabbed the ball and returned to my seat I saw Sam’s eyes light up as I placed the ball into his glove. For the remaining innings I noticed that not once did the smile escape his face as he proudly held the foul ball and cheered on the Phils. I could tell this was a birthday he would never forget. While it may sound cheesy, it’s moments like these that remind me of why I signed up to be a ballgirl in the first place!
Becca: The giving away a foul ball process is an interesting one. For me, it
usually goes a little something like this; upon entering the field, while I am putting down my chair and getting ready for the national anthem, I scout. I look for little kids sitting by my section who could be potential recipients of a foul ball. Then we do opening ceremonies and the game begins. Here’s where it gets interesting. A ball is hit and is screaming down the line at me. My adrenalin is pumping, In a split second I determine if it’s fair…foul…fair…foul…fair…IT’S FOUL. I get up from my chair and try to field it cleanly to avoid being booed by 45,000+ fans. I lean over, the ball is in my glove, I look up only to realize I am so disoriented from the adrenalin rush that just happen that I have completely lost every child I scouted out before the game. I look especially hard for the little boy/girl who specifically asked me for a foul ball and sometimes I find them, but unfortunately sometimes I don’t :( I hand the ball to the closest young outstretched hand I see and scurry back to my seat. It all happens so fast that you barely have time to think! It seems like a split second to me, but it is great knowing that by giving a young fan a ball, I’ve created a memory that will last forever for them!
The Phillies Ballgirls represent the organization in the community and on the field and we are looking for softball players with strong interpersonal skills, have an outgoing personality, have taken courses in communications, broadcasting or public speaking and can work flexible hours (includes early mornings, nights, weekends and holidays) for the 2011 team.
To apply you must be at least 18 years old and should send your resume and a two-minute DVD highlighting your softball experience and explaining why you deserve to be a Ballgirl.
Applications should be sent to:
Citizens Bank Park
One Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Attn: Ballgirl Applicant
Resumes must be received by October 4, 2010. If qualified, you will be notified for the tryout scheduled for at Citizens Bank Park. Tryout date will be determined pending the postseason schedule. No phone calls please.
It helps to be a ballgirl on the field when the team is doing really well! Check out our rookies stats, I love to see all those zeros in the loss category! The ballgirls have been cheering on the Phillies just as hard as you all have – but Captain Perrin has again beat out the Vets for the July crown. August is also quite busy so you never know when your favorite ballgirl is going to jump in the rankings!!
Also, thanks to our readers for making us #30 in the top 100 MLBlogs for the month of July, the ballgirls and blog writers really appreciate all your support!
Did you know that August 7th is Alumni Night at Citizen’s Bank Park? Phillies alumni will be recognized prior to the game on the field. It is always exciting to see our former players return to Philadelphia to celebrate their impact on the team. To celebrate the occasion, here are the ballgirls favorite Phillies alumni!
Kami: The namesake of the ever-present “Wolf Pack”, former pitcher Randy Wolf is my favorite Phillies alum. As a kid, watching the hordes of fans in the 700 level of the Vet donning wolf masks and howling after strike outs was the highlight of all of Randy’s starts. I miss the camaraderie of both the Wolf Pack and Padilla’s Flotilla, two groups whose novelty never really carried over into Citizens Bank.
Katie: My favorite Phillies alum is definitely Jim Eisenreich. I loved his swing and the way he played the game. Although not a power hitter, he had a good average and was able to place the baseball where he wanted. As a kid, I would go to the Vet as the gates opened to watch him take BP. He had a quiet demeanor and just played smart baseball. I’m excited to see some Phils alumni this weekend! See you there!
Amanda: My favorite Phillies alumni would be Scott Rolen! Growing up he was a huge role model and idol for me and inspired me to play third base. Even though he no longer is on the Phillies, I still look up to him and am grateful for his impact on me as an athlete!
Lindsay: My favorite Phillies alumni has to be Bobby Abreu. I used to love buying tickets for games out in right field just so I could cheer him on. I definitely miss his big smiles out there in the outfield.
Bridgette: When it comes to Phils alumni, one of my favorites that comes to mind is former first basemen, Jim Thome. Prior to Ryan Howard’s debut, Thome lit up the sky with his impressive home run streaks, one of which included his 400th career homer, that he hit at none other than Citizens Bank Park. I got to personally witness a few of his home runs at the park, and as a kid there’s nothing more exciting than your favorite player go yard. I also always admired his modesty and cheerful demeanor off the field, both of which I believe contribute to the fact that he still gets applause from the fans whenever visiting CBP.
Katelyn: Mickey Morandini is my favorite Phillies Alumi because despite his size, he played the game incredibly hard and everyone knew what to expect when his name was penciled in the lineup. The way Harry Kalas announced his named helped a little with his appeal, too :)
Bonnie: Who wouldn’t put John Kruk on their top ten list of most memorable Phillies player? Not only was he a consistent hitter, but he also had a contagious personality that helped bring the last-place Phillies in 1992 to the World Series in 1993. He was definitely a fan favorite and was always fun to watch. Even someone that didn’t love baseball (hard to imagine) couldn’t help watching when he was on the field.
Kristina: My favorite Phillies alumn is #4 Lenny Dykstra who played in the early 1990s. He was such a fun player to watch. Dykstra was an awesome lead off hitter and outfielder who had remarkable numbers during his time with the Phillies.
Perrin: One of my favorite Phillies alumni is Mike Lieberthal. Lieby may not have put up eye popping career numbers but he had a great 12 year run with the Phillies. I had the privilege of meeting him in person and getting his autograph when I was 13. I remember thinking he was much handsome in person. One of his greatest career highlights was catching Kevin Millwood’s no hitter in 2003. Most importantly he still holds the record for most games caught then anyone in Phillies history (1,139)
This blog is just dedicated to my fellow co-captain Perrin. Perrin has the unbelievable hidden talent of being able to predict what will happen in the Phillies future with her Christmas in July wishes! Two years in a row she has managed to wish for a pitcher named Roy!
The Phillies Ballgirls are excited about the Phillies newest acquisition!
We’ve been quite busy the last few weeks with many events and games. Next week we will have a full run down of Christmas and July, Photo Day and other various charity events. Wishing you all a happy weekend!
Here’s a preview of our Retro Night Hotpants girls – Bridgette, Bonnie and Emily!